To put this in perspective, suppose you had chosen another segment of the population, how does it read? As I said, I frequent other forums a lot because I have other interests such as mountain biking and backckountry skiing. Gun talk comes up often on those forums, however the level of professionalism seems to be a notch higher than what I have seen on most of the gun specific forums. Like it or not, you are reinforcing an unflattering stereotype that is common, even as viewed among some other responsible gun enthusiasts. If you want to choose to ignore that, it's your choice. But it does make a difference in the big picture in my opinion.
I have seen some really good informative posts on this forum and others. Unfortunately, I have seen some redneck yeehawin' as well, but this forum seemed to have a little less of that, so I joined. I have spent 40 plus years in the outdoors and grew up with guns and hunting as a way of life. I ate much more wild game and fish than store bought meat as a kid. I knew a lot of irresponsible gun owners then and I know a few now. It's unfortunate that forums like these can't seem to elevate themselves above the former in many instances because you could gain a lot more ground in the political arena in my opinion.
Okay, back to shooting stuff. I don't know but I would like to try some melons. Anyone shoot melons?